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September 24th, 2009
ADDISON COUNTY — During September, when the autumn cool begins to creep around the edges of the late summer warmth, you can be sure that somewhere in the mountains the leaves have already begun to change. As the color crawls down into the valley, what better way to get out and see it than on a bike?
“It’s a relaxing, slow-paced way to enjoy the foliage,” said Caroline Jalbert, the administrative assistant and leader operations coordinator at Vermont Bike Touring, based in Bristol. “And there’s good riding for every level.”
MIDDLEBURY —Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater (THT) last week was once again hosting a sizable audience.
But those assembled in THT’s sumptuous performance hall on Thursday were not taking in a play; they were learning about how to help returning soldiers and their families deal with the real-life drama of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other war-inflicted mental health issues.
MIDDLEBURY — Having become so used to paring school budgets in recent years, UD-3 school board members got some unexpectedly good financial news last week with word that the district had ended fiscal year 2009 in the black to the tune of $512,189.
The Addison Central Supervisory Union (ACSU) Superintendent Lee Sease said the fund balance can be traced to two sources.
VERGENNES — When Vermont Commissioner of Education Armando Vilaseca visits Vergennes this week, he will discuss two issues the Vermont Board of Education has identified as critical — one in which local officials said Vergennes Union High School is already a statewide leader and another in which by March Vergennes-area schools may lead Vermont.
VERGENNES — In a match that offered positives for both sides, the visiting Mount Abraham Union High School boys’ soccer team edged host Vergennes on Saturday, 1-0, at the VUHS Homecoming.
The Eagles posted their third-straight shutout, improved to 3-1, and shrugged off an up-and-down first-half to assert themselves in the second half.
After the break, Mount Abe out-shot VUHS, 12-4 — part of an overall 18-8 edge — and scored when sophomore Grayson Webb took advantage of a moment of indecision by the VUHS defense.
ADDISON COUNTY — Wanted: Addison County residents willing to give a voice to abused, neglected or troubled children who cannot speak for themselves in the local court system.
Qualifications: An open heart, objective mind and a willingness to inject oneself into some at-times very emotional and challenging domestic situations.
Compensation: None, save for mileage, phone calls and the priceless feeling of knowing you’ve helped some of the county’s most vulnerable citizens.
MIDDLEBURY — The fourth annual Kelly Brush Century Ride kicked off early on Saturday morning to cool temperatures and thick crowds at Middlebury College, where cyclists in the benefit ride gathered before pedaling off on 25-, 50- or 100-mile routes.
At Middlebury College’s football stadium this past Saturday the parking lots were full, people filled the lawn to overflowing in front of the stadium on this fall-like morning, but none of the 495 athletes and hundreds of supporters were there to watch football — they were cyclists and they were there to ride 25, 50 or 100 miles in support of the Kelly Brush Foundation.